So far, they have produced 3 episodes, each 6–9 minutes long:
- Publishing Your Research 101 – Ep. 1
How to Write a Paper to Communicate Your Research
- Publishing Your Research 101 – Ep. 2
Writing Your Cover Letter
- Publishing Your Research 101 – Ep. 3
Selecting Peers to Suggest as Reviewers
I’d like to be able to tell you that I’ve watched the videos and highly recommend them, but I can’t. I hate videos as an instructional format and don’t have the patience to watch even a 6-minute one. I could not bring myself to click on the video links even for the purpose of reviewing the video. Strangely, I have no trouble watching a full Mythbusters episode on DVD with my family, nor sitting through more-than-hour-long live lectures, so neither video alone nor lecturing alone is the problem. I’m not sure why I find the combination so irritating.
Still, the concept is a good one, and I realize that my reaction to video instruction is highly idiosyncratic, so I thought it worthwhile passing on the information to those not on the American Chemical Society spam list. I suspect that their target audience was postdocs and junior faculty, but grad students and advanced undergrads would probably benefit as much.